Nigeria and South Sudan Thursday signed a cooperation agreement on oil and gas, trade, education, health, culture, among others.
Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, and his South Sudanese counterpart, Nhial Deng Nhial, signed the agreement in Abuja.
The agreement, Onyeama hoped, would be a framework that will enhance “our deep relation.”
Though the agreement did not include security, Onyeama said Nigeria would continue supporting South Sudan’s peace and stability efforts.
“For us, we believe it will be a win-win for the two countries to have meaningful and profitable cooperation,” he said.
“We believe we can achieve greater things economically, socially and to really push for greater engagement between our two countries,” he added.
The minister listed other areas of assistance to include boundary resolution, the state creation, cantonment and building of infrastructure.
South Sudanese minister commended Nigeria for its support toward entrenching peace and stability in his country.
He said, “We have a lot of difficulties and hardship; we have not had the degree of political stability that we like to see.”
He appealed for Nigeria’s support in the cantonment of the militia forces in the country.
He said South Sudan was running out of time because new government is being expected by May.